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Lesson # Genesis 13:1-4
Study Material - Genesis 13:1-4
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him; and Lot with him. 2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 And he went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar, which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Abram returned from Egypt. Having left Canaan in the midst of the famine and in perceived dire straits, and is now returning a very wealthy man. The words connote 'heavy' in wealth. Abram succeeded despite his plot concerning his wife, and Pharaoh did not take back the wealth paid for Sarai.
Abram was under the protection of God. Abram had promises from God. Abram could have remained in the land of Canaan despite the famine, but his faith was weak, so he went to Egypt, the land of worldly things, seeking his relief from the famine.
Now he returns 'heavy' in riches, but riches can make one either happy or burdened. There is a burden of care in getting them, fear in keeping them, temptation in using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them, and the burden of accounting for them. Wealth can be a blessing or a curse depending on your spiritual growth. Wealth becomes an ornament of beauty around your neck if your spiritual life is well managed. Likewise wealth can become a burden and a curse if your spiritual life is lacking.
God has the sovereign decision of either making us wealthy or poor, or somewhere in between. Certainly advancing to spiritual maturity brings prosperity, but with it comes the temptations of a new kind and the distractions which could pull you away from your Bible study. Staying focused on the rewards of eternity has to remain a priority, rather than looking to the rewards of this world. God may very well make your rich to teach you the blessings of your spiritual life. God could make you poor, to teach you humility and dependence on God rather than wealth. God most likely places us somewhere in the middle, to teach us the benefits of having and not having, but more importantly of maintaining our focus on Bible doctrine rather than worldly goods or status.
Abram returned first to the Negev, a place of uncertain boundaries, of uncertainty in ones life, but he quickly recovered and continued on to his previous residence between Bethel and Ai. Remember that Bethel represents doctrine, while Ai represents the opposite. So Abram is still torn between the two opinions. Bible doctrine on the one hand, and the sin nature life on the other. But his tendencies were back to his studies of doctrine, the alter where he had set up and called to God for help and direction.
Abram was in a recovery mode. Returning to doctrine and recovering in his spiritual life. We will often fall for the temptations of this world. But we need to stick with our daily Bible studies so that when problems like the famine, arise in our lives, we will hold fast to doctrine and think through our possible solutions, letting doctrine lead us. Rather than chasing off to Egypt, looking for solutions in this world apart from doctrine. Doctrine teaches a lot of common sense. It is not a genie, not a wish to whisk away the hurting. Doctrine should teach you to use your brain to figure out your situation and figure out your solution. God will reveal to you what it is you need to do. Example - you are out of work. What do you do? Well good sense tells you to get your resume together in a professional manner, clean yourself up, dress properly, and go looking for a job. You will get one. Amazing how this works!! Have a medical problem? Go to a doctor. Have a legal problem? Get a lawyer. Have an abuse problem? Leave the environment where you are being abused. Have a weakness for something - alcohol? Stop drinking. But in all of these situations you continue your Bible study. Because doctrine in your soul will strengthen your capacity and ability to resist or think through your problems.
Abram panicked and ran off to Egypt and made bad decisions, but God blessed him despite his errors and bailed him out of them. We too have promises like Abram had. We wil advance to maturity if we are consistent in our study. We will have a full life, and a prosperous one, but only if we are consistent in our Bible study.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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